Since their inception in 2014 Blood Youth have been channelling their fears, frustrations and fury into their music through a relentless touring schedule and the release of two critically acclaimed EP’s, 2015’s Inside My Head and 2016’s Closure, and Blood Youth have now released their debut full-length, Beyond Repair, that sees the Yorkshire based hardcore trio expanding their arsenal across a full album. Beyond Repair was released last month via Rude Records and is now available on CD and a ‘clear with black smoke’ vinyl, as well as being available for download and streaming from the usual suspects.
From the opening chords of Making Waves you think you know what you’re in for, the brutal riff and barked vocals indicate that this is prime hardcore punk, but on the chorus a more melodic approach is seamlessly integrated, and this brings another element into proceedings and stops Beyond Repair from being just another short sharp shock from the hardcore stable. Blood Youth have delivered an album that contains all the aggression that you’d expect from hardcore, but it incorporates other styles that stop Beyond Repair being another remorseless album and it’s this that raises Blood Youth above many of their contemporaries.
Beyond Repair blends pure hardcore fury with melodic hardcore, and in places the breakdown’s bring a touch of the heavier end of alt rock into play, but all the while maintaining the aggressive delivery you’d expect. Blood Youth‘s debut full length is an impressive and furious ten tracks that maintains the approach of the first wave of crossover bands by channelling other influences into their sound to deliver an album that has a truly cross genre appeal. Since Blood Youth were formed from the ashes of Climates they’ve been steadily building an impressive reputation and Beyond Repair can only build on this, the future of the hardcore scene in the peoples republic of Yorkshire would seem to be in good hands.
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Hardcore heavyweights Blood Youth have revealed the video for I Remember, a new single taken from their highly anticipated debut album, Beyond Repair, that is due out on 7th April 2017 via Rude Records. To celebrate the release of their debut album, Blood Youth will be headlining three special release shows in April at venues across the UK, where they will be joined by Loathe and Holding Absence
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Harrogate, UK hardcore heavyweights Blood Youth have revealed the video for Reason To Stay, the first single to be taken from their highly anticipated debut album, Beyond Repair, that is due out on 7th April 2017 via Rude Records. To celebrate the release of their debut album, Blood Youth will be headlining three special release shows in April at venues across the UK, where they will be joined by Loathe and Holding Absence.
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Harrogate, UK four-piece Blood Youth may be fresh on the scene, but they seem to be entering prolific territory. Following their debut EP, Inside My Head, the band returns but a quick year later with the four-song follow-up, Closure. For such a short offering, the EP offers an eclectic mix of the pop-punk meets glowing-neon metalcore typical of such an album cover. While energetic in nature, the mix fails to settle meaningfully for a unifying message, coming across more like a misaligned tour sampler than a statement of intent.
For starters, opener “Breathe” treads lightly for could serve as an extension of just about any floaty, fluttery indie band. The song establishes and maintains an overwhelming sense of calm, describable through adjectives such as sleepy, gentle, delicate and somber. As an introduction, you’d think Blood Youth didn’t have a sharp tooth or prickly bone on their body. It could have served as an intriguing intro to a similarly themed album. But then “24/7” gnashes its razor-like teeth, each lyric hitting with a growl and tearing with a chomp. Power drumming and metalcore breakdowns abound as Kaya Tarsus’ vocally shreds violently through chorus and verse. Followed by the similarly executed “Mood Swing,” these two tracks mark the weakest and least distinct of anything on the disc. In other words, they serve as examples of generic and forgettable “medio-core.” In a case of too little too late, only the title track makes the grade in a skillful balance melodic punk meets harsher tones. This hybrid of 90’s, EpiFat-esque melodi-punk with the contemporary edge of some of the harder-edged Rise Records fare is where Blood Youth’s true potential lies. Sadly, such optimism is over as soon as it starts, teasing what could have been.
Taken as a unit, an out of place intro, a mediocre middle, and skillfully hybridized concluding track means that the meat of Closure feels remarkably unbalanced. The band has stated that the EP’s arc represents the group’s current course and evolution, bringing “closure” to a chapter or personal unrest that at one point may have spelled disaster for the band (aka, stylistic differences with their former vocalist). If this is the case, and “closure” serves as the example most representative of Blood Youth’s current trajectory, then the quartet may be onto something. If not, then they will surely become yet another face in the heavily saturated metalcore-lite crowd.